Category: Food/Beverage

North Tonawanda Farmers Market

About 3 weeks ago in my search to check out more farmers markets in the area, I stopped by the North Tonawanda market on a rainy Saturday morning. I heard through some of my contacts that this was a good market to visit and they were right! Probably one of the biggest I’ve been too in the area offering a lot of options from different farmers and vendors, I was quite pleased with my drive out there.

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Purchasing all of these veggies plus a mum for exactly $20 makes me need to go to farmers markets way more than the grocery store. Not only does it save a single gal living on her own with a tight budget some money, but it also is supporting the local farmers which is something I love doing.

If you haven’t been to this market check them out on Tuesdays, Thursday or Saturdays from 7-1pm.

-B 

A New Lunch Spot on Main Street

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I love, LOVE the new options for lunch spots in downtown Buffalo. Kelsey and I found a good one a few weeks back {probably more like a month back} on Main St in the Theater District. Across from Sheas and down from Expo Market is Hearth + Press a European cafe vibe with delicious food choices – like the pork meatball sandwich and the stone hearth pizza. Those were what Kels and I split. If you work downtown its another option for you to go, for lunch meetings or just casual conversation. Or if you’re attending a play at Sheas this is a new spot to check out ahead of time to have a couple cocktails before walking across the street.050-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{Inside view}

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{Pork Meatball sandwich and Margherita pizza}

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Drinking Flights at Thin Man Brewery

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{My flights of Thin Man craft beer}

Way back in September me and Nicole finally started are monthly meet up’s {we took the summer off because of our schedules} where we pick a new restaurant we haven’t been to and catch up on everything life. I’m finally getting around to posting about Thin Man Brewery, one of the newest breweries to hit the Buffalo craft brew scene. Located on Elmwood Ave. I must have had one of the best burgers I’ve ever had there. And the flights of beer aren’t bad either! My favorite was the “Bliss” a double IPA with tastes of pineapple and melon. The patio on the second floor looks pretty cool {it was a chilly night so we stayed inside}. I’m sure most of Buffalo has been to Thin Man already, but if you haven’t check them out!

-B 

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{Bon Appetit! Thin Man Burger with fries and Bliss craft beer}

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Monday Lunch Talk

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{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

If you’re in the downtown area for work and looking for a place to grab a bite to eat, check out Jaz & Jack’s – on the corner of Broadway, across from the Buffalo and Erie County Library. This southern cuisine style restaurant takes the spot where Perks Coffee once was. I ordered the pulled pork and mac n’ cheese and it was pretty good. The service is pretty quick so if you’re in a time crunch this is a good place to go. And if you’re looking to catch up with a friend or take a more relaxed lunch you can dine in as well.

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{Pulled pork and mac n’ cheese}

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{Dine in décor}

-B

Rochester Public Market

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It seems like it has been forever since my last blog post. I’ve put blogging on the back burner because my schedule has been crazy, but I’m hoping I can be more consistent on my posts again.

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A couple weeks ago I went back down the 90 to visit my friend Arica for her birthday in Rochester, while there, we had planned to go to the Rochester Public Market – it was on my end of summer bucket list and since I’d never been to that market before, I thought why not. The Market is huge and has amazing farmers and vendors to shop from!! I got avocados for $1!!! And a bundle of sun flowers for $4!

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{Beautiful flowers and vegetables. These vendors do it right!}

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It’s definitely worth the while to take the hour or so drive to pay a visit on a Saturday morning if you can… the market won’t disappoint you if you are a farmer market goer, it was a great suggestion from Arica!  Skip ahead to this past week where I ran into my friends from Fudge Factors and I was talking to them about this and they suggested I visit the market in North Tonawanda, saying it is a really nice one, probably the most similar to the one in Rochester. I’ll have to add that to my places to visit and compare the two.

Until next time,

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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{crowd shot}

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{wine sampling}

The Roaming Table

Last week a few friends and myself took a culinary tour of Lewiston with The Roaming Table. Led by Chris and Alicia, the tour was full of food and beer tastings and history of Lewiston. What I liked even more were some of the fun facts that Alicia threw in because she grew up in the area.

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{The tour group!}

We made six stops on the tour, starting at the Silo and trying the ever so popular “Haystack.” From there we went to Water St. Landing and enjoyed some smoked gouda mac n’ cheese and the Bavarian burger. We “washed” that down with a sample of the 42 North pilsner. After Water St. Landing we walked up Main St. all while learning about the history of Lewiston.

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{First stop The Silo}

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{D’Avolio’s}

While on Main St. we also stopped at D’Avolio Olive Oils, Vinegars & More, Orange Cat Coffee Company {one of my favorite spots on the tour}, The Brickyard Pub & BBQ and The Village Bake Shoppe. In between a couple stops we veered off Main St and walked through neighborhoods to see Lewiston outside of the main strip.

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{History was a part of the tour}

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Throughout the tour Chris and Alicia asked us what festivals we like to go to, told us about themselves and answered any questions we had. When I asked them what their favorite part of the business was they each had a different response. Alicia mentioned its a unique experience and its something new, it challenges yourself. Chris responded saying he loves meeting new people, he always wanted to open his own restaurant and this is the next best thing. Both work full time jobs outside of hosting tours thru the Roaming Table and I give them lots of props for doing both, they are great hosts!

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I had never been on a culinary tour before so I didn’t know what to expect, but after the tour I will say I would definitely go back and do it again. The amount of food and drink your receive along with the history and learning of all the things taking place in town is highly worth it. For a list of tour times and availability go here. A big thank you goes out to Alicia and Chris for inviting me out to spend a fun afternoon with them!

Cheers!

-B

{Photos – Just a Blonde in Buffalo}

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{One of my favorite spots on the tour!  Orange Cat Coffee Co.}

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{Alicia and Chris took us through the neighborhood}

Enjoying the New, Old First Ward Tavern

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It was 1934 when Adolf’s Old First Ward Tavern opened. Since then a lot of changes have taken place specifically over the last 2 years. Mike Burns and his team have renovated the bar and the new patio is open with live music on Saturday nights. Now they are working on a food menu option so customers can enjoy some high quality basic food {like a Guinness Sandwich} when they are at the bar. Born in South Buffalo, Mike is working with local groups in the neighborhood so everyone can work together.

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The Old First Ward Tavern offers 45 different bottles of beer and they have expanded their liquor selection based on customer demand. Mike loves the small business and running a business the best that he can – at the end of the day he just likes when people have a good time and wants his customers to have fun.

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Having never been to the Old First Ward Tavern, in my opinion Mike has done something great. The live music that was going on when I was there was great. The bar is beautiful and spotless and the beer is ice cold! Make sure to put them on your list of places to go for a drink for Memorial Day weekend or this summer.

-B

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

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